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How To Make These Adorable Little Ghost Sugar Cookies

This post was supposed to be all about these cute little ghosts…but somewhere along the line it became much more!  At least for those of us who live in this house. Allow me to explain.

In my never-ending search to find a good gluten free flour, I recently purchased a bag of Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour that I came across while looking at stand mixers on the Williams Sonoma website. I originally bought it in hopes of making a good gluten free pasta with it, but when I saw these cute little ghosts on Make Me Cake I HAD to make them instead.

I never imagined the deliciousness of the sugar cookies would outshine their “cuteness”…but based on the reaction to them by my son with celiacs and the rest of the family….it definitely was. I couldn’t make and frost them fast enough!

So as cute as I think these lil’ ghosty guys are…..I hope you will try the sugar cookies even if it’s not Halloween, or even if you don’t think they’re cute. I promise you won’t be sorry! (But the ghosts ARE cute! Right??)   🙂

Lil’ Ghosty Guys Sugar Cookies

adapted from Joy Of Baking

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose (gluten free) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions (cookies):

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour mixture slowly and mix until smooth. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Roll out one half of the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s approximately 1/4 inch thick.

Cut out your cookies using a lightly floured cookie cutter. In this case, an upside down tulip cookie cutter makes the perfect lil’ ghosty guys!

Transfer cookie shapes to baking sheet. Place the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill the dough. This will help prevent the cookies from spreading when cooking.

Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes (these tiny ghosts only need 8 mins!) until the edges are just barely browned. Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting.

Makes about 36 cookies (TWICE that many if you make all the cookies into little ghosts!)

Royal Icing (that’s easy enough for us commoners)

Ingredients:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

In the bowl of your mixer, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice. Add the powdered sugar and beat on low til smooth. Use immediately or store in an airtight container to prevent hardening.

Frosted cookies will keep several days in an airtight container between sheets of wax or parchment paper (I never got to this point because they were all eaten immediately!)

This was the first time I have ever made Royal Icing. To be honest I’ve always been a little intimidated by the prospect…I mean it has the word “Royal” in it. 🙂 Turns out it’s a really simple recipe and it’s the perfect compliment to these traditional sugar cookies.

Since it’s a fairly “runny” icing, it helps to be able to “pipe” it onto your cookies. I used this inexpensive little gadget I got at the supermarket for a couple of bucks. (Remember my Grocery Store Gadget Tour?) It worked perfectly for this!

I originally tried to pipe eyes and a smile onto the cookies, but that turned out to be a bit beyond my cookie decorating capabilities, so I improvised with chocolate chips. 🙂

If I didn’t know these cookies were gluten free I would not have been able to tell the difference.  I owe a lot of that to the Cup 4 Cup flour blend….BUT….I also think that traditional sugar cookies really lend themselves well to being gluten free. So if you like another gluten free flour, give it a try! Let me know how it turns out! (Oh, and you can, of course, make these with regular flour too! Sometimes I forget to mention that!)

Little Ghost Sugar Cookies

Jill Nystul
This post was supposed to be all about these cute little ghosts…but somewhere along the line it became much more! So as cute as I think these lil’ ghosty guys are…..I hope you will try the sugar cookies even if it’s not Halloween, or even if you don’t think they’re cute. I promise you won’t be sorry! (But the ghosts ARE cute! Right??) :-
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 411 kcal

Ingredients
  

COOKIES:

  • 3 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

ROYAL ICING:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

TO MAKE COOKIES:

  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture slowly and mix until smooth.
  • Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Roll out one half of the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut out your cookies using a lightly floured cookie cutter.
  • Transfer cookie shapes to baking sheet.
  • Place the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill the dough.
  • Bake cookies for 8 until the edges are just barely browned.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting.

TO MAKE FROSTING:

  • In the bowl of your mixer, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice.
  • Add the powdered sugar and beat on low until smooth.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container to prevent hardening.

Nutrition

Sodium: 342mgCalcium: 29mgVitamin C: 0.2mgVitamin A: 510IUSugar: 42gFiber: 3gPotassium: 22mgCholesterol: 67mgCalories: 411kcalSaturated Fat: 9gFat: 17gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 63gIron: 1.2mg
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